View Equestrian Artist Lesley Humphrey’s ‘Time to Shine’ on HITS Saugerties Show Program Cover

SAUGERTIES, New York (June 7, 2015) – Pick up a copy of the Saugerties 2015 HITS-on-the-Hudson Official Show Program to view artist Lesley Humphrey’s enchanting, “Time to Shine,” an oil-on-panel painting that aptly captures the grace, beauty and movement of the equine athlete.

“I believe that my lifelong love affair with the horse began with my first breath, and when I wasn’t riding them or dreaming about them, I was drawing them,” said Humphrey, in a statement about her art. “I have driven ponies, rode to hounds, competed in three-day eventing, and even galloped racehorses. Every encounter informs my art. The nature, the fear, the triumph, the love, the mystery, the resolve, the training, the stories of my heart, all can be found in the visual tapestries that are my life, in painting.”

Among other notable achievements, Humphrey was named the official 2011 Kentucky Derby Artist, and in 2006, after painting the Grenadier Guards’ Brigadier General in the United Kingdom, was presented to Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace during a birthday parade for the Queen.

“Humphrey’s dynamic painting was the top choice among HITS staffers for the cover of this year’s Saugerties show program,” said HITS Art Director Leslie Phillips. “We’re very pleased with the work, and also the field of candidates who submitted many excellent choices for this year’s cover.”

Each year, HITS accepts submissions by artists for its HITS Thermal Desert Circuit, HITS Ocala Winter Circuit, and HITS Saugerties Series program covers. The HITS Art Department chooses one piece for each cover. Selected artists are then invited to show their work at the circuit. For more information on Humphrey, please visit: View the entire show program online here.

The artist deadline for the 2016 HITS Desert Circuit (CA) and the HITS Ocala Winter Circuit (FL) HITS show programs is December 4, 2015. For information on how to submit artwork for consideration, please email

Lesley Humphrey and Lusitano Stallion Amuleto VO. Photo courtesy of Lesley Humphrey.

Cover of the Saugerties 2015 HITS-on-the-Hudson Official Show Program. Copies of the program are available at the HITS showgrounds, or click the image to read online.

About HITS, Inc.
HITS, Inc. produces high quality, international-level hunter/jumper horse shows. Based in Saugerties, New York, HITS has been producing shows since 1982 and is now a nationwide company with world-class circuits in California, Florida, Arizona, New York, and Virginia.

While hosting the Richest Weekend in Show Jumping at HITS-on-the-Hudson, HITS also formed the HITS Triple Crown of Show Jumping. This includes the AIG $1 Million Grand Prix, presented by Mortgage Call, in Thermal, California, the Great American $1 Million Grand Prix in Ocala, Florida, and Saugerties $1 Million Grand Prix, presented by Wells Fargo, in Saugerties, New York.

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2015 Horse Show Dates
HITS Desert Circuit  |  Thermal, CA  |  January 13 - March 15, 2015
HITS Ocala Winter Circuit    |  Ocala, FL  |  January 13 - March 23, 2015
HITS Arizona Winter Circuit  |  Tucson, AZ  |  January 28 - March 8, 2015
HITS Culpeper Show Series  |  Culpeper, VA  |  April / July / August / September
HITS Saugerties Show Series  |  Saugerties, NY  |  May-June / July-August / September
HITS Championship  |  Saugerties, NY  |  September 2-6, 2015
HITS Marshall & Sterling Insurance National Finals  |  September 9-13, 2015
National Sunshine Series  |  October 28 - November 8, 2015